In the Winter Dark

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In the Winter Dark ★★ 1998

The isolation of a remote valley communi ty (filmed in Australia's Blue Mountains) is enhanced by the discovery of a woman's body and the slaughter of livestock. Mau rice (Barrett) and Ida (Blethyn) have scratched out a farm living but personally never recovered from the death of their baby son long before. Outcast Laurie (Roxbaurgh) spends his time drifting through the countryside while pregnant Ronnie (Otto) has been abandoned by her lover. The four are brought together by death and what (or who) might be causing it. Based on the novel by Tim Winton. 92m/ C VHS . AU Ray Barrett, Brenda Blethyn, Richard Roxburgh, Miranda Otto; D: James Bogle; W: James Bogle, Peter Rasmussen; C: Martin McGrath; M: Peter Cobbin.